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Federal Lawsuit Around Hillary Clinton Email Controversy Tossed Out 

In March 2015, it became publicly known that Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as United States Secretary of State, had used her family’s private email server for official communications, rather than official State Department email accounts maintained on federal secure servers. Those official communications included over 100 emails which contained classified information at the time they were sent, as well as nearly 2,100 emails which were not marked classified but would retroactively be ranked as classified by the State Department.

The controversy unfolded against the backdrop of Clinton’s 2016 presidential election campaign and hearings held by the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi. Some experts, officials, and members of Congress have contended that her use of private messaging system software and a private server violated State Department protocols and procedures, as well as federal laws and regulations governing recordkeeping. In response, Clinton has said that her use of personal email was in compliance with federal laws and State Department regulations, and that former secretaries of state had also maintained personal email accounts, though not their own private email servers.

After allegations were raised that some of the emails in question contained classified information, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiated an investigation regarding the origin and handling of classified emails on Clinton’s server. The FBI report found that some of the emails originated in five other intelligence agencies. The FBI found that all classified emails on Clinton’s server were stored and sent from “unclassified systems”, violating the same policies as those on Clinton’s personal server.

Several lawsuits were filed in connection with the email controversy.  Most recently, as noted by the Washington Post, a federal judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday that would have pushed the State Department and FBI to do more to try to track down Hillary Clinton’s emails, ruling the government has done all it reasonably could to locate the former secretary of state’s messages.

Two watchdog groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action, had sued in 2015 demanding the government recover all of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, saying she violated open-records laws by not preserving her messages.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg, though, said the FBI did what it could, and did manage to recover thousands of messages Mrs. Clinton didn’t return herself.

“Those efforts went well beyond the mine-run search for missing federal records … and were largely successful, save for some emails sent during a two-month stretch. Even then, the FBI pursued every imaginable avenue to recover the missing emails,” wrote Judge Boasberg, an Obama appointee to the court.

Originally, the case had been dismissed as moot, but last year the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed that finding, ordering the government to “shake loose a few more emails.” But Judge Boasberg put an end to the shaking Thursday.

“The Court of Appeals may have asked the Government to ‘shak[e] the tree harder’ for more emails, but it never suggested that the FBI must shake every tree in every forest, without knowing whether they are fruit trees,” he wrote.

The judge said the FBI had already uncovered 55,000 pages of emails when it was ordered to do more. The agency interviewed people that most frequently exchanged work related emails with Mrs. Clinton, contacted her four service providers, and reviewed two phones and three iPads, which yielded little records.

Further details on the lawsuit are accessible at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/9/federal-judge-fbi-exhausted-search-clinton-emails/

 

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President Trump Expected To Nominate Rohit Chopra to FTC

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Rohit Chopra to be an FTC commissioner, the White House recently announced.

The agency is currently headed by Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican, with Democrat Terrell McSweeny the only other commissioner. The president has long been expected to name a permanent chair and fill the three empty commission seats, two Republican and one Democrat or independent.

The FTC works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law and pursues companies accused of deceptive advertising. It is an independent agency that is headed by a chairman and four commissioners. No more than three commissioners can come from any one party.

We think Rohit Chopra is a good choice.  Rohit Chopra is a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America. He is widely recognized for his expertise in consumer financial services and economic issues facing young people.

He was previously Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he oversaw the agency’s agenda on students and young consumers. He was also appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury as the agency’s first Student Loan Ombudsman, a new position created in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

During his tenure, the agency led enforcement actions that secured hundreds of millions of dollars of relief for student loan borrowers, published widely-cited research on the student loan market, and established a state-of-the-art student loan complaint system. He later joined the U.S. Department of Education as Special Adviser to the Secretary.

Chopra has frequently testified before Congress. His work has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and Money and he is the recipient of multiple awards for his public service and contributions to the field of consumer finance.

He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Expertise: consumer finance and capital markets, banking regulation, financial technology, young consumers, financial services issues faced by servicemembers and veterans, financial services issues in higher education

Further details on the expected nomination are accessible at: http://nypost.com/2017/10/18/trump-selects-antitrust-lawyer-to-head-ftc/

 

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New York Vs Chicago – The Pizza Wars

New Yorkers are passionate about a lot of things.  But few things stir up more passion and debate than Pizza – and especially which pizza is better – New York vs. Chicago.

This debate was renewed this week – when Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary tweeted that a Chicago pizzeria was better than anything in New York.  The pizzeria being referenced was Pequods Pizza, which is known for it’s deep dish pizza.

The fundamental difference between New York and Chicago pizza is – size.  Chicago pizza is known for being deep dish.  Deep dish pizza is prepared in a – well, deep dish.  The depth of the pan – allows for piling on layer after layer of toppings, cheese, and sauce.  Some New Yorkers don’t even consider this being pizza – and refer to it being more of a casserole.  Other well known Chicago pizzerias include Gino’s East, Lou Malnatis, Giordanos, and The Art of Pizza.

Alternatively, New York pizza is a bit more traditional – and is made with a characteristically large hand-tossed thin crust, often sold in wide slices to go. The crust is thick and crisp only along its edge, yet soft, thin and pliable enough beneath its toppings to be folded in half to eat.

While the styles of pizza between the cities are vastly different – one commonality is that both, Chicagoans and New Yorkers – take their pizza seriously, very seriously.

Being a New Yorker – but having spent lots of time in Chicago – I feel i m well versed in both pizza styles.  That being said, if I had to judge – I m partial to New York style pizza.  It really doesn’t get better than grabbing a slice, and folding it half – before indulging.  Personally, i m not a fan of the the layered deep dish Chicago pizza – it’s really bogged down with cheese and sauce – and it’s hard to discern the flavor of the pizza.

Some noteworthy NYC pizza spots:

Lombardi’s

John’s (West Village)

Patsy’s Pizza

Totonno’s

Happy Eating…!

 

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The Strand – NYC

New York is full of fun, exciting, and unique spots.  One of my favorite – NYC spots is The Strand Bookstore.

The Strand is an independent book store located in the East Village neighborhood.  Not only do they have a massive selection of books – they also showcase selections from a variety of local New York authors.  The Strand is definitively the go-to bookstore in New York.  If you’re looking for something fun to do – definitely check out the bookstore – but also check out their events calendar on their website -as they routinely have some great events.  Some of their upcoming events include:

THE WRITERS STUDIO CELEBRATES PUSHCART PRESS

Friday November 17: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

A night of readings from some illustrious writers!

PEN OUT LOUD: MADNESS AND MANIA

Monday November 20: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

 A poetry reading that examines the emotional endeavor of writing.

STEIDL X STRAND: GERHARD STEIDL – WHY PHYSICAL THINGS MATTER IN A DIGITAL WORLD W/ PETER BADGE, AND MARC PACHTER

Monday November 27: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

The exacting German photography publisher discusses the importance of books with two artists from the Steidl stable.

STEIDL X STRAND: HENRY WESSEL SIGNS TRAFFIC/SUNSET PARK/CONTINENTAL DIVIDE + BETSY KAREL SIGNS AMERICA’S STAGE: TIMES SQUARE

Tuesday November 28: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Two incredible photographers sign their new books at the Strand for Steidl Week, day 2!

STEIDL X STRAND: MITCH EPSTEIN: ROCKS AND CLOUDS

Tuesday November 28: 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Photographer Mitch Epstein presents his latest book.

STEIDL X STRAND: HANK O’NEAL SIGNS A VISION SHARED

Wednesday November 29: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Photographer Hank O’Neal signs the new edition of his enduring collection of photography from the Great Depression.

STEIDL X STRAND: JONGWOO PARK: DMZ: DEMILITARIZED ZONE OF KOREA

Wednesday November 29: 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Photographer Jongwoo Park discusses his latest book on the border between North and South Korea with Sara Rosen.

 

STEIDL X STRAND: TOD PAPAGEORGE: DR. BLANKMAN’S NEW YORK

Thursday November 30: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

 Photographer Tod Papageorge signs his new book.

STEIDL X STRAND: MONA KUHN

Thursday November 30: 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Photographer Mona Kuhn discusses her breadth of work.

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Killer Black Friday Deals – Thanksgiving sale 2017

It’s that time year again! Thanksgiving day is Thursday, November 22.  Thanksgiving dinner is usually the highlight the evening, but this year there are some great Thanksgiving 2017 deals to look out for too.
The following are some killer black Friday deals from Costco’s Thanksgiving sale 2017:
1. 86 inch, LG – 4K TV.  $4,999.99.  This TV, while pricey, provides a great display and sound.  Perfect for the home theater.
2. Q-See 8X8 DVR 1TB Security System W/ 8-1080P Cameras – $279.99.  Great price for a home or office security system.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab A Wi-Fi Tablet – Quad Core – Lollipop – Smoky Titanium – Bonus Sleeve – $70.00 off. The Samsung Galaxy tablet is a multi functional tablet.  It’s has the power of a laptop, with the convenience of a tablet.  This is a great discounted price for this tablet.
Further details on Costco’s Thanksgiving Sale 2017 are accessible at: https://www.costco.com/black-friday.html
Thanksgiving is also the time of year to consider corporate gift giving.  Some of the most popular Thanksgiving Gift Baskets are included in the Costco Thanksgiving Sale 2017.  Some of our favorite Thanksgiving gift baskets are:
Popcornopolis Mini Popcorn Holiday Gift Baskets – Case of 10 – $74.99.  These gift baskets are neatly wrapped in holiday cheer.  They include a variety of different popcorn types.  And are always a welcomed gift by everyone.
Grand Traditions Holiday Basket – $249.99.  This is a deluxe holiday basket and includes a wide assortment of treats.  Such delicacies are included in this gift as follow; Borggreve Spekulatius Spice Cookies, J&M Caramel Sea Salt Cookies, Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Squares, Lille (Fusion) Chocolate Cookie Thins, Old Fashioned Kettle Corn, Snyder’s Bavarian Style Pretzels, Golden Cannoli Chips, Sconza Butter Toffee Nuts, Socado Italian Milk Chocolate, Hammond’s Toffee S’mores Crunch,  and when you think it’s over… indulge in the finest Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate Guylian’s Temptations Original Praline, Poppies Cocoa & Coconut Macaroons, Valley Lahvosh Sesame Rounds Crackers, Godiva Bag “New” Milk Crème Brulee, the exceptional flavor of Don Francisco’s Family Reserve Breakfast Blend and a massive amount of more!
Further details on Costco’s Thanksgiving gift baskets are accessible at Costco
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Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving day is full of turkey, football, and fun.  Some of our favorite thanksgiving recipes are included below:

Thanksgiving Turkey – How to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving 

There are numerous ways to cook a turkey.  The easiest is to order in!  Most chefs enjoy preparing their turkey dinner with Thanksgiving side dishes and always – Thanksgiving dessert.  But the key to Thanksgiving dinner – is always the turkey.  There is a lot of pride with turkey recipes – some are oftentimes passed down from generation to generation. Most recipes are traditional – but recipes have been changing.  From traditional to modern, and everything in between – turkey recipes are as diverse as one can imagine.  The key is to pick a recipe which you like – and which you think your guests will enjoy.
Some of our favorite are listed below:
  • Bacon-Wrapped Turkey
  • Balsamic-Glazed Roast Turkey with Pan Sauce Recipe
  • Beer-Can Turkey
  • Braised Turkey Legs
  • Brined and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy Recipe
  • Citrus and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast
  • Deep-Fried Turkey
  • Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey Recipe
  • “Never Fail” Roast Turkey with Shallot Pan Gravy Recipe
  • PointsPlus Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes Recipe
  • Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy
  • Roast Turkey with Spice Rub
  • Roast Turkey with Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe
  • Rosemary Citrus-Herb Turkey
  • Sage and Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe
  • Southwestern Rubbed Turkey
  • Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast
  • Stuffing Filled Turkey Breast
  • Succulent Smoked Turkey Recipe
  • Thanksgiving Turkey: Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey
  • The Barefoot Contessa’s Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
Further details on all of the above listed recipes are accessible at: https://www.thedailymeal.com/best-recipes/25-ways-cook-turkey

Thanksgiving side dishes

The following are some of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes:
  1. Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topper
  2. Almond green beans
  3. Fresh Cranberry Sauce
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. Twice baked potatoes
  6. Stuffing – often used with Turkey leftovers.

Share your favorite turkey recipes and Thanksgiving side dishes with us!

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